ECLECTIC RANT: Remembering the Vietnam War

Ralph E. Stone
Friday October 06, 2017 - 03:18:00 PM

Watching the compelling documentary, The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, brought back memories of my time in Vietnam in 1967-1968. The Tet Offensive occurred during my service there; it was a defining event in the Vietnam War. Tet, by the way, is the Vietnamese New Year. -more-

THE PUBLIC EYE: Martin Luther King Jr asked “Chaos or Community?”

Bob Burnett
Friday October 06, 2017 - 03:13:00 PM

Fifty years ago Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his last book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" Reading it again, in the hate-filled Trump era, brings the painful recognition that in many regards the civil rights struggle has stagnated for decades. -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: A Shift in Accepted Thinking

Jack Bragen
Friday October 06, 2017 - 02:58:00 PM

Society has shifted as a whole, with the advent of continuous war and widespread electronic surveillance. In the past, thoughts that would have been considered "paranoid delusional" are now often passable as normal thinking--in fact, accurate. -more-

ECLECTIC RANT: Las Vegas Shooting Deja Vu

Ralph E. Stone
Friday October 06, 2017 - 03:57:00 PM

On October 1, 2017, 64-year old Stephen Paddock checked into a 32nd-story suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and opened fire on an outdoor music festival below, killing 59 people -- including two off-duty police officers -- and hurting 527. Later Paddock killed himself. -more-